Ensuring shutdown of PCs is still the easiest energy reduction procedure

At Banking Tech.com, there’s an interesting article up about how the “little things add up” when applied to Green IT.  To a few, Green IT still seems like an unobtainable but noteworthy objective, but its really not as hard to obtain as it sounds.  It’s the little things in the organization where you can cobble “wins” together to meet your overall objective.  Green IT need not be a monumental shift and change procedure for most organizations.  It’s really about identifying areas in the organization where efficiency can be improved and then applying Green IT methodologies and techniques to those areas.

As noted in the article, still one of the easiest ways to kick-start a Green IT movement within your organization, and show immediate benefits, is to centrally manage the shutdown of PCs in your company.  It’s a simple concept, and one that 1E knows all to well as the pioneer in the space.  Our NightWatchman Enterprise solution provides for this function, but it also goes much, much further, while still making it simple.

The entire article on Banking Tech.com:  http://www.bankingtech.com/bankingtech/green-it-little-things-add-up/20000216042.htm

NightWatchman Enterprise:  http://staging.1e.com/it-efficiency/software/nightwatchman-enterprise-pc-power-management/


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  1. OK – I’ve done some sums, and if my desktop PC uses 80 watts and electricity costs 22cents/kilowatt-hour, then my PC costs a bit under 2 cents/hour to leave on.

    Our organisation has an auto-off program which turns them all off at 1030pm each night (we have classes to 930pm). Typically people come in between 9 and 10am – so let’s say they save 10.5-11.5 hours of electricity, or 18-20cents per PC – great !

    Now – when I come in, before I can do any work using the PC, I must power it up and wait 6 minutes for it to boot up, run through the corporate login cycle, check my profile, allocate settings before I can sit down to use it – average 6 minutes.

    My pay rate last time I looked was around $40 an hour, so that 6 minutes where I can’t work – and instead hang around making myself a cup of coffee and gazing out the window – costs the organisation $4 for my time.

    So let’s see – save 20c in electricity, and spend $4 in wasted labour costs – good idea ? hmmm – tough call !

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